Decision details

Assets of Community Value (Cottenham Community Centre)

Decision Maker: Communications and Communities Service Manager

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No

Purpose:

The purpose of this decision is to decide whether the land/building should be included as an asset of community value (“ACV”) on the Council’s register of ACVs.

 

On 10 May 2024 a nomination was received from Cottenham Parish Council in respect of Cottenham Community Centre, 250a High Street, Cottenham, Cambridge CB24 8RZ.

 

Following consideration of the nomination, Notice of Nomination was sent to Cllrs Eileen Wilson and Annika Osborne, (for the district Ward of Cottenham), to the Parish Council acknowledging their nomination and to the owners and leaseholders. The nomination was publicised through the weekly bulletin and the Lead Member for Communities was notified.

Decision:

Officers have considered the nomination along with the feedback received following issue of Notices of Nomination and are satisfied that the non-ancillary and current use of the asset as detailed in the nomination form and Land Registry title plan does further the social well-being, or cultural recreational or sporting interests of the local community.  It is also considered realistic to think there can continue to be non-ancillary use of the asset which will further the social interests of the local community. Therefore, it can be accepted, in accordance with Section 88 (1) of the Localism Act 2011.

Reasons for the decision:

Cottenham Community Centre is a very much loved, cherished and well-frequented community facility located in the village centre. The original building was established in the mid 1860’s as a Methodist Chapel and was converted into the Community Centre in 2011, run as a charity by a group of trustees. The building is mentioned as a non-designated heritage asset under policy COH/1-3 of the Cottenham Neighbourhood Plan.

 

The Community Centre, which includes a studio and main hall, is used by various groups. Examples include adult and youth dance classes, exercise/health classes, craft groups, the Knit and Natter Group, the toy library soft play and wellbeing groups. The venue also hosts a regular community cinema, charity fundraising events and can be used for private functions. In addition, the building houses a popular coffee shop staffed by volunteers. This is open six days a week serving snacks and light meals and includes a children’s play area. A range of local artwork is also displayed in the coffee shop for enjoyment and purchase.

 

It meets the description of an asset of community value.

Alternative options considered:

The options are:

(a) To accept the nomination and place the asset on the register of assets of community value,

(b) To refuse the nomination and place the asset on the register of unsuccessful nominations

Publication date: 03/07/2024

Date of decision: 03/07/2024

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